Last Updated on November 29, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business has once again claimed the top spot in the Poets&Quants ranking of the best online MBA programs in the U.S. This is the second consecutive year that Kelley has secured the number one position, making it the third time overall in the seven years since the ranking’s inception.
The Kelley Direct MBA program is known for its excellence and consistency, as it is one of only two business schools to consistently rank in the top five every year. In addition to being named the top online MBA program, Kelley Direct was also honored as P&Q’s MBA Program of the Year in 2021, a first for any online program.
One of the reasons behind Kelley Direct’s success is its commitment to personalized education. The program provides various personal touches, including weekly virtual live class sessions, tailored global and domestic immersions, and career services specifically designed for advanced career professionals. These offerings have been well-received by students and have contributed to the program’s success.
The University of Washington Foster School of Business claimed the second-place spot, rising six spots from the previous year’s ranking. Foster performed exceptionally well in the academic experience category, based on alumni survey responses. Alumni from the Class of 2023 spoke highly of the program, contributing to its high score.
The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management also experienced a significant rise in the rankings for the second consecutive year. The school’s consistent improvement reflects its dedication to providing a quality online MBA program.
The University of Michigan Ross School of Business maintained its fourth-place ranking from the previous year. In contrast, Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business rounded out the top five.
Some schools experienced notable changes in their rankings. Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business and University of Florida Warrington College of Business dropped out of the top 10, making way for the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and Auburn University Raymond J. Harbert College of Business to break into the prestigious list.
Additionally, the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business experienced the largest climb in the rankings, rising 16 spaces. Conversely, Kennesaw State University had the largest drop, falling 15 places. The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business also dropped 14 spots due to a low response rate on the alumni survey.
To view the complete ranking of the best online MBA programs, readers can refer to page 3. Furthermore, the ranking also provides detailed breakdowns based on admissions standards, career impact, and academic experience on pages 4, 5, and 6, respectively.
Overall, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business continues to excel in the online MBA landscape, securing the top spot for the second year in a row. Its success is a testament to the program’s commitment to delivering a high-quality education that caters to the needs of advanced career professionals.